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5 Common Plumbing Emergencies and How to Handle Them

  1. Burst Pipes:
    • Shut off the main water supply immediately to prevent further flooding.
    • Open faucets to relieve pressure in the pipes.
    • Thaw frozen pipes slowly with a hairdryer or warm towels – or reach out for professional help.
    • Contact a plumber to repair or replace the burst pipe.
  2. Clogged Drains:
    • Try using a plunger or plumbing snake to clear the blockage.
    • Avoid using chemical drain cleaners as they can damage pipes. If you use a chemical cleaner be sure to
    • If the clog persists, contact a plumber to professionally clear the drain.
  3. Leaking Fixtures:
    • Turn off the water supply to the affected fixture or shut off the main water supply if needed.
    • Examine the fixture for any visible damage or loose connections.
    • Tighten any loose fittings or replace damaged parts like washers or seals.
    • If the leak persists, contact a plumber for repair or replacement.
  4. Water Heater Failure:
    • Turn off the power or gas supply to the water heater.
    • Check for any visible signs of leakage or damage.
    • Relight the pilot light if it has gone out (for gas water heaters) IF you feel comfortable.
    • If you can’t resolve the issue, contact a plumber HVAC tech to inspect and repair the water heater.
  5. Sewer Line Backup:
    • Stop using water fixtures immediately to prevent further backups.
    • Avoid flushing toilets or using sinks, showers, or dishwashers.
    • Contact a plumber to inspect the sewer line and clear the blockage professionally.
    • Consider preventative measures such as regular sewer line maintenance to prevent future backups.

Remember, in any plumbing emergency, safety should be the top priority. If you’re unsure how to handle the situation, or if the problem seems beyond your capabilities, don’t hesitate to call a licensed plumber for assistance. Acting quickly can help minimize damage and prevent costly repairs.

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